The Stanley-Boyd Orioles boy’s basketball team has continued to improve, winning two of their last three contests. After their 56-54 victory over the Cadott Hornets December 12th, the Orioles lost to the Thorp Cardinals on Friday, December 20th, 59-44. Brady Ingersoll and Lucas Smith led the team in scoring with 14 points apiece. After the Cardinals jumped out to a 24-15 lead at halftime, Ingersoll scored all of his buckets of the night as he attempted to lead his teammates back to victory. Isaac Soumis had different plans for his Cardinals, scoring 17 of his 28 points in the second half.
Traveling to square off against the Mondovi Buffaloes on Friday, December 27th, the Orioles netted their second victory of the season in an exciting overtime game. Brady Potaczek led the team in scoring with 13 while Smith and Carsen Hause netted nine points apiece as the Orioles outscored the Buffaloes 9-2 in overtime to go on to win 44-37.
When asked about the matchup with Mondovi, Head Coach Tom Hause was impressed with how his team responded against a big, athletic team.
“They were athletic, strong kids with a pretty tall lineup. I think every kid that started was over six feet tall. They played a 1-3-1 zone defense and it’s very important to get good ball movement to get good looks at the basket. I thought we did just that getting some of the good looks that we wanted. We played from behind most of the game so it was nice to see how the team responded. We kept our composure in overtime after getting down and having a couple of turnovers. By keeping our composure, we started to get some great shots and some guys knocked some down. Once we got the lead, the boys did a good job with positioning and spacing the floor,” Hause said.
A month into the season, the young Oriole team has shown their growth on the court.
“The next thing to work on as a team will be getting our shooting percentage a little bit higher. We’ve been getting the looks we want,” Hause said. He continued to talk about how important it is to limit turnovers down the stretch later in the game.
“In the first half, we’ve had a reasonable amount of turnovers, averaging about five or six. The second half of the last couple of games, we’ve been around 10 to 12. It’s mainly the unforced ones, we definitely need to work on getting rid of those.”
The team has worked diligently this season to improve their skills on the court.
“I’ve been very pleased with the way we’ve been working in practice and developing in the game. Like I said, we’ve been getting the shots we want, we just need to make sure we don’t settle for bad shots. As a team, we can get good shots every possession,” Hause lamented.
The Orioles will have a chance to test their hard work as conference play continues to heat up. They also have non-conference games against competitive opponents Somerset, Bloomer and St. Croix Central coming up.
Photo by John McLoone.